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  SCIENTIFIC METHOD  

I value solving problems by scientific methods: gathering data, constructing hypotheses to fit the data, testing, refining, and publishing for others to verify. Scientists work to insure that bad experimental design, faulty controls, selection effects, bias, prejudice, errors, etc. are not part of their investigations. A complex problem may require reduction to many simpler ones (reductionism) and sorting out multiple causes / effects. I believe scientific methods work better than anything else when it comes to making good predictions and solving problems. If there were something else that worked better, Iíd be for it! I donít like pseudosciences, magic, etc. for two reasons: 1) they donít work; 2) they often involve claims that canít be tested. Scientific statements can be tested and conceivably shown to be false.

   

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

realizes scientific conceptual framework is based on observation 

appreciates cause and effect / Causality

realizes science involves testable ideas, values hypothesis testing 

appreciates need for Reproducibility

summary Wikipedia article: Scientific Method

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3122

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 4

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More to Explore --Worldview Theme #6: Scientific Method

History of the Scientific Method (from online encyclopedia)
Measurement (from online encyclopedia) 
Design of Experiments (from online encyclopedia)
Reductionism (from online encyclopedia) 
Pseudoscience (from online encyclopedia)
Scientific Misconduct (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #31: God, Science, Faith
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The Scientific Method (from WikiBooks open content textbook collection)
The Scientific Method (concise presentation from Intel International Science Fair & Science Service)
Overview of the Scientific Method (from Science Buddies website / science fair perspective) 
Scientific Method: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction, by Barry Gower (read portions at Google Books)
The Scientific Method  (from UC Riverside physics class notes)
Science Clarified (on line science & technology encyclopedic collection of articles)
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan 
Scientific Thinking and the Scientific Method, by Steven D. Schafersman
Scientific Publishing Review and Prosper  (article from The Economist June 3 2017)
Curiosity Stream  (June 11 2017 Science News article about science related documentary streaming service)
Scientific Publishing (report from The Economist November 26 2016)
Why Bad Science Persists (report from The Economist September 24 2016
"When Science Goes Wrong: Computer Says Oops" (report on neuroscience modeling mishaps from The Economist July 16 2016)
What We Cannot Know by Marcus du Sautoy (re: limits of scientific knowledge; book review from The Economist June 18 2016)

"No, Science Is Not Faith-Based"  by Ethan Siegel  (essay posted March 8 2016 on Forbes magazine website)

"Scientific Method: Let's Just Try That Again" (article about reproducible results from The Economist Feb 6 2016)

"This star probably isnít surrounded by Ďalien megastructures.í But whatís making it act so strangely?" by Sarah Kaplan (example of testing hypotheses, article in The Washington Post Jan 19 2016)

"The debate over genetically modified organisms is a great case study in how to think critically" by William Saletan (article posted August 2015 on Slate)
"10 studies proving GMOs are harmful? Not if science matters"  (Nov 2015 article posted on The Genetic Literacy Project)
The Scientific Method in Practice, by Hugh G. Gauch  (read portions of this 2003 book at Google Books)
Realism, Rationalism, and the Scientific Method, by Paul Feyerabend  (read portions of this book at Google Books)

The Invention of Science by David Wootten (review of 2015 book in The Economist October 24 2015)

Introduction to the Scientific Method  (from Rochester University)
Science.gov ("gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information")
Scientific American's Citizen Science Project's Page
Zooniverse (citizen science network helps classify galaxies, study exoplanets, etc.)
Scientific Reports (an online, free and open access primary research publication from publishers of Nature)

Data Analysis: On the Other Hands (report on how bias can creep into analysis, from The Economist October 10 2015)

"The Myth of Basic Science" by Matt Ridley (The Wall Street Journal opinion piece  Oct 23 2015)

"The New Study Shows that Some Old Psychological Studies Can't be Trusted" by Deborah Grace (Aug 29 2015 article posted on Pioneer News)
"A Future Segregated by Science?" by Charles M. Blow (opinion piece NY Times Feb 2 2015) 
"How Science Goes Wrong--Unreliable Research: Trouble in the Lab" (cover story from The Economist October 19 2013)
"From Global Warming to Fluoride--Why Do People Deny Science?" by A. Varki and D. Brower (May 25 2013 article on Salon.com)
Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein (more on this 2012 book from Oxford University Press)
"Citizen Science: People Power" by Eric Hand (re: what networks of human minds can do; in Nature Aug 4 2010)  
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (re: science & ethics questions; review in NY Times Feb 2010)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel, by Rebecca Skloot  (March 2013 opinion piece in NY Times)
"What is Science?" by Helen Quinn (comments on this article, published in Physics Today, July 2009)
Carbon Dreams by Susan M. Gaines (this 2001 "sci lit" novel offers insight into what doing science is like for a young woman researcher)
The Public Library of Science (online repository of peer reviewed papers) 
National Science Digital Library
Scientific American (website of long-time popular American science magazine)
Nature (website of a leading journal for publishing scientific research
60 second Science Podcasts (short video programs from Scientific American)
"Islam and Science: The Road to Renewal" (article from Jan 26 2013 issue of The Economist)
Scientific Method Flowchart
Science for All Americans (online book covering the basics of science, from AAAS)
Some Notes on the Nature of Science
An Introduction to Science
Philosophy of Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The National Center for Science Education ("working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education")
Integrated Scientific Method
Popper and Kuhn on the Evolution of Science
Scientific Method and the Philosophy of Science
The Scientific Method Today, by Norman Edmund
The Myth of the Magical Scientific Method, by Terry Halwes
The Scientific Method in the Movie October Sky, by Alida Clarke
The Scientific Method (from mongoose metrics keyword call tracking)
quotes related to science
quotes from scientists

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